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Arsenal vs. Everton- The longest running Premier League fixture

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Last time out. Arsenal dropped 2 points as Gerard Deulofeu equalised late (©GettyImages)
Last time out. Arsenal dropped 2 points as Gerard Deulofeu equalised late (©GettyImages).

It's time for the longest ever running English top-flight fixture this weekend, with Arsenal and Everton coming together 185 times.

Arsenal desperately need a victory to get clear of Everton in holding fourth spot, as well as keeping their very fleeting hopes of gatecrashing the title race alive, while the Toffees have genuine Champions League aspirations to fight for.

The Gunners have beaten Everton 90 times in the league from 185 meeting to date, whilst the latter have beaten the Gunners 54 times. 

The first time ever that Everton hosted Arsenal in the Premier League, thanks two goals from Mark Ward and one from Tony Cottee, they beat Arsenal 3-1, and Roberto Martinez will be hoping history will repeat itself at Goodison Park this afternoon.

The last time Arsenal beat Everton at Goodison Park, it took a goal from Thomas Vermaelen in the eighth minute to earn all three points. It's a similar sort of squad for tomorrow that played that day, minus Alex Song, Johan Djourou, Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie.

Wenger will be hoping his 1,003rd game will end in three points, but last time out it was the turn of Mesut Ozil, and Gerard Deulofeu to stamp their mark on this memorable fixture as they fought to an entertaining 1-1 stalemate at the Emirates. 

Since then, it's been a different story for both teams. Everton are flying, and Arsenal quite frankly aren't. Though a good draw and a point gained for the Gunners, keeps them ahead in the race for fourth place.

Arsenal are still definitely mathematically in the title race, but are definitely looking over their shoulders nervously thanks to Everton's five-match winning run.

The Gunners have been given a double injury boost this weekend, with Nacho Monreal & Aaron Ramsey returning to be considered for first-team selection. I think I speak for a lot of Gooners when I say, they have definitely been missing at least one of the players mentioned. Possibly the latter though. Only just. 

Everton got a good result against Fulham despite not having their best game last weekend, and there is a real belief on the Blue half of Merseyside that they can earn Champions League qualification this season.

Predicted score: I see Arsenal starting slowly again, but are capable of earning a 2-1 win with a late revival.

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